Dendrochronological dating of the uluburun ship
The Aegean were not the only trading ships at sea, of course, (*1) but they were among the most active and adventurous.
A ship which show similarity with the Type I Cycladic design and with later types of hull design is one of the simbols of the still undeciphered disk from Phaistos dated 2000-1700 BC.
The typological classification of the Aegean ship is mainly based on the evolution of hull shapes as per Dr.
Michael Wedde works (*0) The earliest hull-form to constitute a cluster is the shape illustrated by the Cycladic "frying pans" from Syros and the associated craft from Naxos, Palaikastro and Orchomenos.
Evidence for ship construction in Aegean Bronze Age comprises 358 catalogue entries, these being 44 models, 173 linear representations (wall paintings, vase paintings, incisions) and 141 glyptic images.
The hull is defined as low and flat, having one extremity rising and always equipped with a projection or "spur".
Locomotive force is provided by numerous short strokes understood, due to their great number, rather as paddles than as oars. One of the very early representation of boat in the Aegean area is a graffito from Thessaly dated around 4500-3300 BC.
Clay model from Mochlos Crete date around 3000-2700 BC represent a small craft with bifid stem-projecting forefoot together with raised stem.
This kind of ship distinguished by straight lines, angled ends, and a lofty prow seems to be a prototype for the later Greek warship and commercial ship.